With the passing years, one of the scarier areas can be the backs of our hands. As our skin thins with age, coupled with the extensive sun exposure we’ve all had living in sunny South Florida, the backs of our hands can become a highway of raised tendons and blood vessels. It can look as if our skin is about the thickness, and consistency, of crepe paper.
It’s enough to make you wonder if a cameo in a future Tales from the Crypt episode could be in your future.
Why Are My Hands Showing My Age And Then Some?
While we often overlook the backs of our hands when thinking of the signs of aging, our hands can look far older than our actual age. This is especially the case in the sunny environs of Miami. That’s because the backs of our hands are the most exposed skin on our entire body. They get sun every day because, while we can wear a hat or clothing to cover our head and body, we don’t wear gloves for sun protection. Plus, this skin is exposed to harsh chemicals and everything else the environment has to throw at them.
That damage leads to dryness, poor skin texture, age spots, uneven skin tone, visible blood vessels, fine lines and wrinkles, and raised tendons. The ongoing decline of collagen can affect our hands more than other areas, as our skin thins and allows veins and tendons to elevate.
How We Rejuvenate Your Hands
At Miami Plastic Surgery®, we have various methods for rejuvenating your hands. The treatments we use vary depending upon what’s going on with your unique situation.
These are the hand rejuvenation options:
work to improve texture, elasticity, age spots, and fine lines:
- Chemical peels
- Laser skin resurfacing
- Intense Pulsed Light therapy
- Topical bleaching agents
Dermal fillers and fat grafting
improve deep wrinkles and return volume to cover visible blood vessels, tendons, and other hand structures:
- Fat grafting
Would I be a good candidate for hand rejuvenation?
If these descriptions sound like your hands, Restylane Lyft injections can help:
- Your hands have prominent veins and tendons due to volume loss
- Your hands appear wrinkled and thin
How does Restylane Lyft work for hand rejuvenation?
Restylane was the original dermal filler, first approved by the FDA in 2003 for the treatment of nasolabial folds and other lines and creases on the lower face. Since those days, the Restylane line has expanded. Restylane Lyft was added and approved by the FDA in July 2015 for cheek augmentation and mid-face flattening. Then in 2018, Lyft became the first hyaluronic acid dermal filler approved for use outside the face when the FDA approved it for the treatment of age-related volume loss on the back of the hands.
On the back of our hands, a combination of fat volume loss, declining collagen production in our skin, and atrophy of the intrinsic muscles of the hand due to aging all work together to make the tendons, veins, and metacarpal bones overly prominent.
Restylane Lyft is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the human body that is responsible for hydrating, plumping, and firming the skin. It does this by binding with nearby water molecules.
To return volume to the hands, our surgeons inject Restylane Lyft subcutaneously. This means it is injected under the skin, but above the connective tissue that covers the tendons, bones, vessels, and nerves on the back of the hands. Once injected, the hyaluronic acid binds with available water molecules and instantly returns hydration and volume, noticeably changing the appearance of the back of the hands for up to six months.